In this the 25th anniversary year of the Society, the College of Will Writing, the academic arm of the Society is still exceeding all our expectations. Courses from 1 day to 4 days duration are all selling to capacity so far this year.
In the November of 2013, the Society took the bold decision to come away from holding courses in hotels and other venues and even though members wanted more local courses, hotel-based courses were rarely fully attended and invariably lost money or had to be cancelled due to a low take up.
Since we opened the dedicated College building, housed at the rear of the Society’s head office in Lincoln we have not found ourselves in this position, in fact the opposite. Every year we have had to put on additional courses to take up the waiting list, despite the 4-day Introduction Certificate course running every month, with the exception of August, but then there are occasions when we have had to put on courses in August to accommodate requests.
This year we extended the 3-day induction Certificate Course to 4 days, to accommodate a session on drafting Wills and Will Trusts, as well as giving students time to undertake more practical case studies, ensuring that when they leave the College they are confident and competent to begin practising and as a full Member of the Society knowing they are safe in the knowledge that help and advice is simply an email away.
The Society in partnership with the College of Will Writing has offered distance learning courses since 1996. Last year it was decided to expand this to using a full Learning Management System or LMS (distance learning) in a cloud based on-line program. Our concern was whether it would affect the College by reducing numbers. We need not have worried as it has brought accessibility to more people who for whatever reason cannot take 4 or 5 days away from work or home but want to develop new skills. It has also meant for the Society that our membership is now truly global, with students in every corner of the globe including the UK where the range is from Mums (and fathers) looking to get back into work, to IFA’s looking to add value to the services they can offer their client.
To complement the 4 day Certificate Course, there is a whole range of specialist courses including Advanced Instruction Taking, IHT at several levels, Trusts, as well as working with elderly and vulnerable clients. Visit the website www.collegewillwriting.com for more information or email [email protected].
The College offers all its students a range of home cooked and homemade lunches, cakes and desserts, all included in the cost of the course and caters for anyone with an allergy or taste or other dietary requirement.
Education has always been at the core of what the Society stands for and is taken extremely seriously, but we ensure that the courses delivered at Lincoln are in a warm and friendly environment accessible to all, with ample free parking on-site, as well as hotels all within easy access at prices to suit everyone.
Courses can also be arranged at your premises, subject to availability of tutors and minimum numbers of students. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
The College and the Society are proud of the reputation and its commitment to education. All courses carry CPD hours, and some are recognised to gain entry to courses offered by other organisations who may train at a higher level.
Brian W McMillan
The Society of Will Writers